Byron Body Coffee Scrub - review

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As you may know, I'm a huge fan of coffee body scrubs and I always like to have one in my shower. Sure they're messy, but they work very well and I love how they smell: they wake me up and I enjoy the overall experience of using them.

I'd been seeing this one in Chemist Warehouse for years and I'd kept meaning to buy it, but waited until I saw it on special. While it's not expensive anyway, I always prefer to save money where I can. I'm pleased to report that I like it, and while it's not the best one I've found, I would still recommend it and I would still buy it again. More on that below.


Byron Body claims/product details:

  • Infused with orange, almond and argan oils
  • Say goodbye to cellulite, stretch marks and skin imperfections
  • Leaves you with smooth and glowing skin
  • To use: apply in the shower when skin is damp; massage in a circular motion, concentrating on problem areas; let your skin absorb the oil blends to enhance the clarity, glow and softness of the skin, while removing dead skin and stimulating new skin growth; use three to five times a week
  • RRP $9.99 AUD for 200g, but do shop around


The product comes in one of those foil pouches that a lot of brands use for products like this, and while I don't hate the packaging and at least it's streamlined, it's also not that easy to fumble with this in the shower with wet hands, nor is it easy to pour out the amount you want without risking dispensing too much and therefore wasting it.

Come to think of it, though, I've only ever seen one coffee scrub packaged differently - and I suspect things are done this way to cut down on costs. I for one would prefer a shaker, for example. Hoh well.


Verdict

This is a nice product and I'm enjoying using it. While I don't love it as much as I love the Mr Bean Coffee Scrub (reviewed here), it's still good and to be honest there's probably not much difference between them - it's just that the Mr Bean product is softer so it adheres better to the skin than this one does, and it's also not as waxy. Otherwise they pretty much do the same thing.

Dry scrubs have been all the rage for years now and I've lost count of how many I've tried. Most of them are interchangeable because they scrub well but tend to be quite messy and a hassle to use. I can say the same of this one, although it's certainly not the worst I've tried and it does adhere to skin better than some.

Mind you, you'll still lose a bit in the shower as it falls off your skin - no matter how careful you are - so that's something to keep in mind if the messiness of dry scrubs bothers you.

The product is a standard coffee scrub that indeed smells like coffee with a hint of orange, and it's a scent I enjoy. By comparison I like the scent of the Mr Bean product more because it's more complex, but this does smell good and I enjoy using it for that reason alone. 

I use this twice a week and my skin always feels polished and refreshed after use. I'm someone who enjoys a rougher scrub for my body (my face is another story) and this one fits the bill nicely.

Note, though, that this product is quite rough - not terribly, but certainly rougher than the Mr Bean product - so I tend to work more gently when I massage this, just so I don't irritate my skin. I'm mentioning this because, if you prefer gentle scrubs, this mightn't be the product for you.

I'm not going to bother commenting on whether this meets its claims of targeting things like cellulite and stretchmarks because those things are largely hereditary and there's not much you can do about them. But I do feel that this helps stimulate blood flow and my skin always looks happier after use, so that's something.

All in all, this is a nice product and I'm enjoying it. While it mightn't be the best coffee scrub I've used and it's a little waxier than I would like, it's still good and it's readily available at the chemist for a reasonable price so that's always a plus.

Decent.


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